The number of Xarelto side effects lawsuits has been growing continuously as the number of people coming forward with bleeding complications also grows. Litigation concerning Xarelto has been moving forward with the growth while others join the already established multidistrict litigation.
The number of Xarelto lawsuits has grown from 33 in December 2014 to a total of 434 lawsuits in May 2015. The lawsuits have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings before US District Judge Eldon E. Fallon, in Eastern District for Louisiana.
The lawsuits allege that patients were not adequately warned that Xarelto did not have an antidote. This allegedly put patients at risk of uncontrollable bleeding. Warfarin, Xarelto and other anticoagulants are used to lower the risk of blood clots. Currently, Warfarin does have an antidote in the form of vitamin K, while Xarelto does not have an approved antidote.
Lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals allege that patients were not warned about the risks associate with Xarelto. The lawsuit also alleges that the defendants wrongly marketed the drug as a “one size fits all” drug that does not require medical monitoring.
Court documents stated that the defendants created a new drug, Xarelto, which is not better than Warfarin from a safety perspective and at best is only perhaps slightly easier to use and administer. Xarelto is also costs quite a bit more than Warfarin.
In this lawsuit, plaintiffs allege that the makers of Xarelto not only hid information that the drug could cause life-threatening bleeds, but also that they failed to warn about the lack of an antidote to reverse the effects of Xarelto. Plaintiffs also claim that the drug was marketed without any regard to accuracy and repercussions of their misleading advertising in favor of increasing sales.
If you or a loved one has had excessive bleeding as a result of taking the blood thinning drug Xarelto, call for a free case evaluation today. At Balkin Law, we will fight for your rights to get you the compensation you deserve. Don’t be a silent victim. Contact us here.